Researchers looked at 98,258 beneficiaries who were not enrolled in 2000, and whether or not they entered hospice in 2001.
From the Ivanhoe Newswire:
Concerning experts is the fact that blacks develop heart failure at a significantly higher rate than Hispanics and whites, mostly because of their increased rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. A recent study revealed young and middle-aged blacks suffer heart failure 20 times more than white individuals in the same age group.Read the Cardiology Today and MedPage Today reports of this study.
"Our findings document significant racial differences in hospice use and show that overall increases in the availability of hospice services in the 1990s have not erased racial differences in hospice utilization," Jane L. Givens, M.D., M.S.C.E., lead author and a scientist at the Institute for Aging Research in Boston, was quoted as saying.
Earlier studies show cultural belief and values play an important role in hospice use, but Dr. Givens says hospice care must be culturally sensitive to work.
HFA's 2009 initiative focused on Diversity and End-of-Life Care, and also included this special report on African Americans and End-of-Life Care. The report offers explanations as to why hospice, historically, has not been a choice for many African Americans, looks at grief and the African American community, and suggests ways to reach out to African Americans who are making end-of-life decisions.